We are regularly asked for reliable statistical data on the numbers of refugees and asylum seekers in Leeds, the UK and beyond.
Because the numbers change so rapidly, we think it’s more helpful to show you where we look for accurate information. The only stats we publish are the monthly briefings we produce around the numbers of destitute asylum seekers we accommodate through Grace Hosting.
In late 2015 Bill Dennis of Migration Yorkshire delivered this brilliant presentation at an NHS event, which is well worth a look if you live in Leeds.
The Migration Observatory are good at allowing you compare UK data to the rest of Europe.
Sadly, the slightly more user friendly http://www.asylumineurope.org/comparator is not quite as up-to-date.
There are some useful infographics from Europa on a range of topics from trafficking to visas to unaccompanied minors – but even the most recent (from 2015) draws on data from 2013, so please beware.
The United Nations High Commission for Refugees remains the definitive source of info on Global Trends and their Statistics and Operational Data Section is a thorough and comprehensive as you’d expect it to be.
Here’s a useful visualisation produced by the UNHCR of everyone affected by asylum: refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced people, returned refugees and stateless people.
Briefing Papers for Activists
These awareness raising resources by Regional Asylum Activism are brilliant (and cover some of the ground we’re attempting to cover here)
The Asylum Appeals Project’s Factsheets and Briefing Notes provide a pretty comprehensive overview of practical issues relating to Asylum in the UK – and provide really useful introductions to things like “Section 4 Support”
Occasionally we find interesting things like this – a recent IPSOS MORI poll from October 2014 describing public perceptions of Immigration (slides 6-8).
Do you know of interesting sources of information? Do let us,know in the comments section below, and if we like them, we’ll put them in the main post.